Dear [INSTITUTION PRESIDENT],
In January 2015, the Committee on Freedom of Expression at the University of Chicago issued a powerful new statement on the importance of freedom of expression on campus. As one of many proud alumni of [INSTITUTION], I write today to ask you to endorse this statement as institutional policy to ensure that my alma mater remains devoted to unfettered inquiry and the search for truth.
The statement guarantees “all members of the University community the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn” and makes clear that “it is not the proper role of the University to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive.” This inspiring commitment provides students and professors the freedom needed to learn and teach to the best of their abilities.
Princeton University and Purdue University adopted sections of the report as operative policy following its introduction in January 2015. If colleges and universities nationwide follow Purdue, Princeton, and the University of Chicago’s excellent example, the now-commonplace censorship of student and faculty expression would face a powerful new challenge. I ask that my alma mater help lead the charge.
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